1. The world’s oldest school is in Canterbury, England. The King’s School, was founded in 597 AD. The school is up-to-date with quality equipment and supplies and provides modern education.
2. The largest school in the world in terms of number of students is the City Montessori School in Lucknow, India.
There are more than 32,000 students attending the school on a daily basis. It has over 1,000 classrooms, 3,700 computers and goes through thousands of pounds worth of stationery and books each year.
3. The children in Holland start school on their fourth birthday so there’s always someone new in class.
While this does mean that older students get more time to settle in and make friends, it does at least mean that students should be at a similar development level by the time their first day at school rolls around.
4. Kids in Finland who rank near the top on international tests do not start school until the age of 7, which is one of the oldest ages around the world to start school. However, most do, attend high-quality daycare or preschool programs prior to that.
Also, Finnish schools are considered to be the best in the world. They’re also very hands-off: no grades until year three. There are no national tests until the 12th year and subsequently much less pressure on teachers as school results cannot be compared. Teachers are trusted and respected and they have a lot of autonomy.
5. In Chile Summer vacations in start from mid-December and end in early March. That’s 3 months off school!
6. Children in Germany receive a special cone called Schultüte, which is filled with pens, pencils, books and snacks. But the catch is that they can only open it when they start school.
7. France has the shortest school year from August to June and also the longest school day. French children go to school four days a week. They have about two hours each day for lunch. Their school day begins around 8:30 am and ends at 4:30 pm.
8. China has more students per class than most other countries. The average for lower secondary education is above 50 students per classroom in China. It’s around 23 in the United States and below 20 in Switzerland and Russia.
January 4, 2018